Rose Andom Center to provide vital services to Denver

Posted Jun 28, 2016

The Rose Andom Center, a flagship community partner of the Denver Broncos, opened its doors Tuesday to begin helping survivors of domestic violence.

DENVER — The Rose Andom Center, Denver’s first location to support domestic survivors by housing numerous services and agencies under the same roof, will mean many things to many people.Hosting two dozen social and human service agencies in addition to safe spaces for children and family members, the center had its grand opening Tuesday and is a vital addition to the community.

IMG_20160628_111858961“This wonderful center […] will bring together organizers and government agencies under one roof to provide for the needs of individuals and families affected by domestic violence,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said. “By colocating staff and crucial services in one place, these organizations and agencies will not only be able to provide more and better coordinated services, but victims and their families will also be able to access the full range of support and services they need in a single, safe location.

“The Rose Andom Center is there for time of crises. It is a place for refuge and it couldn’t have been done with the help of all of you in this room, and of a community — a very compassionate community — and, of course, generous donors.”

The prolific leaders who helped it come to fruition embodied how widespread the center’s impact can be. For Rose Andom, a prominent local entrepreneur and an advocate for domestic violence survivors, the building means safety for people who have survived domestic violence, just like she did.

IMG_20160628_112856463“Having been a victim myself, I couldn’t think of a better way to help the citizens of Denver,” Andom said. “This is really, in my mind, the beginning. This is going to start to help people. We’re ending one phase, but we’re starting the most important phase.”

For Hancock, whose sister was killed in an act of domestic violence, the building is about providing help to close family or friends.

“Unfortunately, just about everyone in this room has encountered domestic violence either directly or indirectly in our lives,” Hancock said. “Putting a stop to domestic violence is a top priority in Denver and now the Rose Andom Center is here to provide access to services so victims of domestic violence will have a place to meet their needs.”

And for Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey, it’s about all that and also about helping the children who suffer in families affected by domestic violence.

“It’s that kid who’s hiding. It’s that kid that, when his father comes to the door, he knows it’s going to be a long night. He knows, or she knows, that he’s going to have to listen to what their mother has to go through.”

 Among the donors who helped fund the facility and its operation is Denver Broncos Charities, which donated $150,000 to the flagship community partner.”The piece that caught me the most was the tangible impact. When you see the faces of the survivors of domestic violence and family members, that created a pretty strong picture for us,” said Cindy Kellogg, Denver Broncos Vice President of Community Development. “Our platform and the strength of our platform can ignite conversation. To me, that’s also a win. And I hope that will be one of the things that comes out of our involvement – to make the conversation more mainstream and for people to be able to engage in an active manner around addressing it.”

The Rose Andom Center expects to help thousands of people every year, based on approximately 3,000 domestic violence cases the Denver district attorney’s office addresses each year. Office space is provided to public agencies including the Denver Police Department’s Domestic Violence Investigation Unit, its Victim Assistance Unit, Denver County Court Probation Victim Assistance and many more public and private agencies.

Colorado AG donates $1 million from mortgage settlement to aid domestic violence victims




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Money from a landmark mortgage abuse case is helping fund a Denver domestic violence center.

Colorado Attorney General Cynthia Coffman announced Tuesday that $1 million collected from the National Mortgage Settlement would go to the Rose Andom Center, a joint effort by community organizations and government agencies to help domestic violence victims.

The grant money, given this week in honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights week, comes from a $25 billion agreement with the nation’s five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure abuses.

The case was brought by the Justice Department, the Department of Housing and Urban Development and 49 state attorneys general and filed against Bank of America CorporationJ.P. Morgan Chase & Co.Wells Fargo & CompanyCitigroup Inc. and Ally Financial Inc.

The grant will be used to complete Colorado’s first center dedicated to addressing the well-being, self-sufficiency and housing needs of thousands of domestic violence victims, the Attorney General’s Office said. More than 4,000 cases of domestic violence are reported each year in Denver.

While Colorado’s housing economy has rebounded, victims of domestic violence have a need for housing, the Attorney General’s office said. Funds from Colorado’s portion of the National Mortgage Settlement are specifically earmarked for foreclosure prevention, loan modification and housing.

“I think that the critical need for temporary and permanent housing solutions for the victims of domestic violence and their children, and the ability of the Rose Andom Center to help facilitate access to those housing needs, makes this a perfect fit for the use of those settlement dollars,” Coffman said.

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Monica Mendoza covers banking and financial services, legal services, the economy and economic development, and sports business and contributes to the “Finance & Law” blog. Phone: 303-803-9230.


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Years of dreaming, planning and fundraising have become a reality as construction work is now underway on Colorado’s first domestic violence resource center – the Rose Andom Center.

The Rose Andom Center will create a warm, welcoming environment where victims of domestic violence and their children feel safe seeking out and returning for services, counseling and training. The Rose Andom Center’s mission is to improve the lives of domestic violence victims by facilitating better access to services and staff of community organizations and government agencies in a single, safe location.   These services and resources will focus on the most pressing needs of domestic violence victims including safety, housing, confidential advocacy and counseling, self-sufficiency, protection orders, access to public benefits and non­acute medical care.

The construction work that began yesterday is asbestos abatement work that is expected to last 6 to 8 weeks, followed by interior demolition. Later this summer, construction and the rebuilding of the interior of the facility will get underway, with an anticipated opening date later this fall.  “This has been a dream for many years. Even though we still have some fundraising to do, it is exciting to finally have construction underway,” Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey said.

Creation of the Rose Andom Center has been an eight-year journey by a broad team of service providers, criminal justice partners, government leaders and other stakeholders who are committed to creating the most effective intervention strategies to impact an issue that so tragically affects thousands of our citizens each year.  “As construction begins on the Rose Andom Center, we move another step closer to providing efficient and comprehensive services under one roof that will help break the cycle of violence in Denver,” Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said.  “I offer a heartfelt thank you to all our partners who have worked for the past eight years to make this center a reality.”

The Denver Justice Council is the fiscal agent for the Rose Andom Center.  More information about the Rose Andom Center and how to donate can be found at:

Partners providing services at the Rose Andom Center include: Denver City Attorney’s Office, Denver District Attorney’s Office, Denver Police Department, Denver County Court Probation, Denver Department of Human Services, Department of Community Corrections, Colorado Coalition for the Homeless, Colorado Legal Services, CWEE- Center for Work, Education & Employment, Denver Center for Crime Victims, Denver Child Advocacy Center, Denver Domestic Violence Coordinating Council, Denver Health Medical Center, Denver Works, Domestic Violence Initiatives for Women with Disabilities, DOVE (serving deaf victims), Dumb Friends League, The GLBT Community Center of Colorado (The Center), Healing From the Heart, Justice and Mercy Legal Aid Clinic, Latina SafeHouse Initiative, Mental Health Corporation of Denver, Project PAVE, Project Safeguard, SafeHouse Denver Inc., Servicios de la Raza, The Blue Bench (formerly RAAP), Victim Services Network

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Broncos linebacker Brandon Marshall has partnered with McDonald’s and Bailey’s Moving & Storage to benefit the Rose Andom Center

Brandon Marshall and his family, survivors of domestic violence, held a clothing drive Tuesday, Dec. 9th to help survivors of domestic violence and the Rose Andom Center.
DENVER —Just as easily that trauma can bring out emotions, so can it rob survivors of them. When Barbara Marshall and her two sons, Brandon and Marcus, fled to an emergency shelter to protect themselves after her ex-husband broke into their house, they saw the array of personal and emotional impacts that domestic violence can cause (Swanson, 2014).  Click here for the rest of the story.
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Denver Broncos partner with the Rose Andom Center

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. — The Denver Broncos announced a partnership with the Rose Andom Center, which is scheduled to open in Denver in summer of 2015 and will provide services to victims of domestic violence through its wide-ranging support system of both public and private agencies.

As part of this relationship, the Broncos have pledged a $150,000 donation from Broncos Charities and committed to an ongoing collaboration with the Rose Andom Center, the first family justice center in Colorado.

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Vice President Biden in Denver to Discuss Domestic Violence and collaborative efforts to support survivors.


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Left to Right: Rose A. Andom, Vice President Biden, Mayor Michael Hancock

On September 19, 2014, Vice President Joe Biden attended a roundtable discussion convened by Denver Mayor Michael B. Hancock to mark the 20th Anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, which Vice President Biden had successfully championed in Congress.  District Attorney Mitch Morrissey participated in the discussion as did some of Denver’s key domestic violence and sexual assault service providers.

vice president biden 2Rose Andom was among the invited guests, to share her experience as a survivor and her commitment to help increase access to services. Rose is the lead donor for the Rose Andom Center, which will improve the lives of domestic violence victims by facilitating better access to community and government agencies in a single, safe location. 

The event was hosted at SafeHouse Denver’s administrative offices.

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Left to Right: Kathryn Wells M.D., Rose A. Andom, Vice President Biden, Mayor Michael Hancock

For more information on Vice President Biden’s work on the Violence Against Women Act, see the following article:

Joe Biden: The hard fight to end violence against women

CWBA Foundation is hosting a fundraiser for the Rose Andom Center

CWBA-AW_logo01-31-14Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and 

Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey 

to help build the Rose Andom Center.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

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Bonacquisti Wine Company (1 block south of I-70 in the same plaza as Quiznos)

4640 Pecos Street – Unit I

Denver, CO  80211

Admission: $40 (Includes admission, wine tasting, and appetizers).

Register online by clicking here.

Print the event flier with details.


Meet Mayor Hancock and help victims of domestic violence.

Please help us raise funds to build this important new facility to help victims of domestic violence. Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver District Attorney Mitch Morrissey will speak about their vision for the Rose Andom Center.

Funds will be raised to benefit the facility through ticket sales and a lively silent auction.


We are excited about the great auction items we have for you! 

Auction items include:

the Mayor’s Box (6 seats) for the Broadway Musical “Pippin” (09-10-14 performance) at the Buell Theatre,

a private tour of Denver’s state of the art crime lab,

Denver Nuggets tickets (just off the floor),

Colorado Rockies tickets (one set for the 4th of July!),

photographs of landscapes and local landmarks,

restaurant gift certificates (TAG, Fruition, the Kitchen, and Rioja),

a wine basket, and more! 


Members of the CWBA Foundation’s Circle of Minerva will receive special recognition at this event.

Great Hall Union Station Gala


The Rose Andom Center is part of a select group of non-profits that can offer you the opportunity to participate in the Great Hall Union Station Gala celebrating the grand opening of Denver’s historic Union Station on July 11, 2014. You can attend this historic event by purchasing a ticket from The Denver Justice Council. Your ticket will admit you to this exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime event, AND provide an important donation to The Rose Andom Center.

Tickets to the Great Hall Union Station Gala are $1,000 per person and The Rose Andom Center (via the Denver Justice Council) will receive 100% of the proceeds from every ticket!

Attendees will enjoy cocktails, local chef-inspired food, and fabulous entertainment.

Reserve your Union Station tickets by calling or emailing Maggie Morrissey at 720-271-1654 ext.115, or

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The developers of Union Station hope this grand opening Gala will raise $1,000,000 for a special group of Colorado nonprofits. Tickets to the Great Hall Union Station Gala are not for sale to the general public, and the only way get a ticket is to purchase it through one of 50 non-profits selected to participate. We would like to extend a big THANK YOU to the Union Station developers for selecting Denver Justice Council and the Rose Andom Center as beneficiaries.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please call Maggie at 720-271-1654.

Did you know January is Stalking Awareness Month?

2014NSAM_Banner3 Stalking is a lethal crime. It affects more than one million women and nearly 400,000 men in America each year. Tragically, seventy-six percent of female homicide victims were also stalked in the year prior to their murder. More than half of these victims reported the stalking to police before being murdered.

For more facts about stalking please click on the Stalking Fact Sheet.  Developed by the Stalking Resource Center of the National Center for Victims of Crime.

This 18-minute training video was inspired by the tragic death of Peggy Klinke. Ms. Klinke was stalked and murdered by her ex-boyfriend in January 2003.

It is the hope of Peggy Klinke’s family that this video will give officers the information and tools they need to effectively intervene in stalking cases.

Compliments of Lifetime Television and the National Center for Victim’s of Crime National Stalking Resource Center.

Stopping the Violence of 6 Generations

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IMG_6074aA mother and daughter describe their experiences with domestic violence and the destructive legacy that has lived on through six generations of their family. (Watch video)

“Leaving was not as simple as just walking out the door. There were multiple courts dates to attend. I was trying to establish a new life but was completely overwhelmed by the ongoing stalking and manipulation, in addition to working and taking care of my daughter… (more…)

Rose Andom and Her Gift to Get the Center Started

Cap Camp + Blog_Option 2Photo courtesy of Denver Urban Spectrum / Bernard GrantOur lead donor is Rose Andom, a successful business woman and chair of the National Black Operators Association for McDonalds.

Rose grew up in poverty. Her mother had escaped an abusive marriage and supported her three children with cleaning jobs. Thanks to advice from a high school teacher Rose managed to go to college and earn a Masters in Business Administration. She also found herself in a marriage where she was experiencing domestic violence.

Like her mother, Rose escaped with nothing and moved in with her cousin who suggested she use her education and get a job with McDonalds. Over the years, Rose worked her way through corporate McDonalds, eventually owning and selling several franchises before buying all three of the franchises at Denver International Airport.


Photo courtesy of Denver Urban Spectrum / Bernard Grant


The Secrets of Domestic Violence: The Question… Why Does She Stay?

Leslie Morgan Steiner was in “crazy love” — that is, madly in love with a man who routinely abused her and threatened her life. Steiner tells the dark story of her relationship, correcting misconceptions many people hold about victims of domestic violence, and explaining how we can all help break the silence. (Filmed at TEDxRainier.)